UN Security Council to meet after Turkey launches Syria offensive

UN Security Council to meet after Turkey launches Syria offensive
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The United Nations Security Council will meet to discuss the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria, according to diplomats representing the council's 15 nations.

Reuters reported that the five European nations, including Poland, Britain, France, Germany and Belgium, requested that a meeting be held Thursday.

The meeting comes as the Turkish military began moving against Kurdish forces that were fighting ISIS in northern Syria, just days after President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE announced that U.S. troops would leave the area.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement earlier this week condemning reports that Turkish forces would soon move into northern Syria.

“Civilians and civilian infrastructure should be protected,” a U.N. spokesman told Reuters. “The secretary-general believes that there’s no military solution to the Syrian conflict.”

Trump's announcement was condemned by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Washington, who said the Trump administration was abandoning the Kurds, a U.S. ally in the war against ISIS.

“The President’s decision will have severe consequences for our strategic national interests and reduce American influence in the region while strengthening Turkey, Russia, and Iran,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate MORE (R-S.C.), who has been a strong supporter of the president, wrote in conjunction with Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Reid Wilson says political winners are governors who listened to scientists and public health experts; 12 states record new highs for seven-day case averages Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Democrats, voting rights groups pressure Senate to approve mail-in voting resources MORE (D-Del.).

“The decision also dramatically increases the threat to our Kurdish allies, who helped destroy ISIS’s territorial caliphate, and will impair our ability to build strategic alliances in the future," he added.

Trump on Wednesday sought to distance himself from the Turkish offensive.

"This morning, Turkey, a NATO member, invaded Syria. The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea," the president said in a statement.